SCOTUS Rules on Obamacare
Obamacare's individual mandate survives as a tax,... upheld under the Tax Clause.5-4...Kennedy, Alito, Scalia, Thomas against..Roberts is the deciding vote to uphold Obamacare. The opinion in the health care cases is here[PDF] Read it and weep. Live blogging at SCOTUS blog. Update: Aaron Walker has more including a embed of the ruling. Patterico has the video of Obama denying the mandate is a tax Update II: Top DNC staffers gloat over Obamacare, taunt GOP ‘bitches,’ ‘mother******s’: DNC director:
it's constitutional. Bitches.— Patrick Gaspard (@patrickgaspard) June 28, 2012
Update III @ggreeneva deleted his mf'n tweet. But....:
Retailers Dismayed by Supreme Court Decision WASHINGTON, June 28, 2012 – The National Retail Federation released the following statement from NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay on the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act: “As the voice of retailers of all types and sizes, we’re disappointed by today’s ruling. The Court missed an opportunity to redress the many shortcomings of the law. “As it stands, the law wrongly focuses more on penalizing employers and the private sector than reducing health costs. For these reasons, NRF has been a consistent skeptic of the Affordable Care Act.[More...]Pelosi also doesn't like the tax word: "Tax is Washington talk"[video]
Responding to a question from The Daily Caller, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi shied away from siding with Chief Justice John Roberts in labeling the healthcare law’s individual mandate constitutional as a tax, telling TheDC that “what you’re talking about here is Washington talk.”I take that as a yes in Pelosi speak.